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Closing ceremony held for ASEAN China studies conference

(People's Daily Online)

17:09, October 18, 2011

Mr. Wu Jingsong, Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. (People's Daily Online/Wang Jinxue)

On Oct. 18, 2011, the closing ceremony for the ASEAN Plus Three Training Program on Understanding China 2011 was held in Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). The program is hosted by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and undertaken by the National Research Center of Overseas Sinology (NRCOS) of BFSU.

In the spring of 2010, NRCOS was endorsed by the Chinese government to launch the first ASEAN Plus Three Training Program on Understanding. For this year's program, there were 12 participants from 8 ASEAN countries.

The program has invited some senior professors in areas like diplomacy, politics, economy and military. Their insights helped the participants understand China in a short period from Sept. 22 to Oct. 18. The lectures and on-site visits to some Chinese enterprises and also some cities, like Xi’an, Luoyang and Kaifeng, helped them gain more comprehensive, real and objective understanding about contemporary China.

One participant from Myanmar said: "Through the series of insightful lectures, we have a better appreciation of China's government, economy, culture, people and defense. Beyond the classroom, during our excursions in and outside Beijing, we have had further opportunities to interact with Chinese businesses and people, further enhancing our understanding of China’s long and rich history, culture and agricultural development. This rich experience will help us in our work and lives."

Another participant from Korea made remarks saying that "It is our responsibility, however that we, diplomats and scholars, do our best to settle down and solve misunderstandings. I believe that the real success of this program is achieved when we are aware of our mission and play our role."(Wang Jinxue)

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